November 12th was World Pneumonia Day (WPD).

Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi. Pneumonia affects more than 4 million of children every year and accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old.

Immunization against Hib, pneumococcus, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) is effective in preventing Pneumonia, and timely treatment with antibiotics is highly important in halting the disease.